Robert Reich: One real choice in the future is a hugely expensive for-profit oligopoly with the market power to charge high prices even to healthy people and stop insuring sick people.
Robert Reich: The problem isn’t Obamacare per se. It’s in the structure of private markets for health insurance – which creates powerful incentives to avoid sick people and attract healthy ones.
Robert Reich: She’s unlikely to have a typical presidential honeymoon because she won’t be riding a wave of hope and enthusiasm that typically accompanies a new president into office.
Robert Reich: Even a one tenth of 1% transaction tax would raise $185 billion over 10 years according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center.
Robert Reich: The Democratic National Committee – like the Republican National Committee – has become little more than a giant machine designed to suck up big money from wealthy individuals, lobbyists bundlers, and corporate and Wall Street PACs.
Robert Reich: Donald Trump isn’t just an aberration and Bernie Sanders wasn’t just a flash in the pan. Both, in very different ways, reflect a crisis in our political economy.
Robert Reich: Hillary is moving to the middle. She’s going after moderate swing voters. Presumably that’s why she tapped Tim Kaine to be her vice president. Kaine is as vanilla middle as you can get.
Robert Reich: as the Republican convention prepares to nominate the least qualified and most divisive candidate in American history, the Democrats are about to nominate among the most qualified and yet also most distrusted.
Robert Reich: Bernie has shown that it’s possible to win elections without depending on big money from corporations, Wall Street, and billionaires.
Robert Reich: Now, with Bernie Sanders essentially out of the race, Donald Trump wants Americans to believe he’s the remaining anti-establishment candidate. It’s smart politics but it’s a hoax.
Robert Reich: Exclusive patriotism tells us to fear foreign terrorists in our midst — even though almost every terrorist attack since 9/11 has been perpetrated by American citizens or holders of green cards living here for a decade or more.
Robert Reich: Everyone knows our democracy is drowning under big money. Confidence in politics has plummeted, and big money as the major culprit.
Robert Reich: You’ve also inspired millions of us to get involved in politics – and to fight the most important and basic of all fights on which all else depends: to reclaim our economy and democracy from the moneyed interests.